Wireless triggers reach funding goal

Monday, 21 August 2017

A new wireless, app-based trigger system has reached its Kickstarter goal in just 25 hours.

Specdrums are app-connected rings that detect colours and translate them into sounds.  

“Growing up as a drummer, I would tap on everything whenever I was away from my drum set,” says Specdrums founder Steven Dourmashkin. “I was determined to create the most...

Superior Drummer 3 is coming

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Toontrack has announced that Superior Drummer 3 will be released worldwide on September 12, 2017.

Building on the legacy of its predecessor, Superior Drummer 3 was redesigned from the ground up to introduce a completely new and improved workflow, integrated drum audio to MIDI conversion, 35 mixer effects, scalable interface, detachable windows and a comprehensive...

Mackie Thumps get makeover

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Mackie’s Thump Series Powered Loudspeakers, commonly used by e-drummers, have undergone an upgrade and range extension.

The new 13000W Thump Series delivers more power and reliability than ever, plus a host of convenient features like built-in mixers, speaker modes and much more.

Mackie has added two new Thump Boosted models: the 12" Thump12BST and...

How I Use E-drums (Jeremy Furstenfeld )

Friday, 11 August 2017

Blue October drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld uses electronic percussion to expand his playing palette.

I have been the drummer for the multi-platinum Blue October since its beginning. Currently, I am in the studio with Blue October creating our ninth studio album. I am also the drummer and co-founder, co-producer and engineer of a side-project band called Harvard...

FXpansion adds BFD pack

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

FXpansion has released a new expansion pack for BFD3, BFD Vintage Recording Techniques.

The sample pack uses a variety of vintage microphone techniques to capture a beautiful Ludwig Classic Maple drum kit. The result is a selection of familiar, authentic vintage sounds suitable for rock, pop, blues and more.

BFD’s engineers used world renowned drum...

2box is a survivor

Monday, 7 August 2017

When the 2box kit was launched, some questioned its build quality and the ruggedness of the system. So, five years after purchasing a kit, Jan van Vugt reports on its current state of health.

I BOUGHT MY 2box kit five years ago (April 30, 2012) at a time of much ridicule and contempt on some forums.

In the summer of 2012, I installed an extension...

The ‘original’ Simmons returns

Friday, 7 July 2017

The battle for control of the Simmons name is over, with Dave Simmons, founder of the original Simmons drum brand, now working with Guitar Center, the giant US retailer which had claimed the name after the original registration lapsed.

The partnership promises to restore the Simmons legacy and move away from the lower-end offerings which Guitar Center had been...

mimic Pro shipping begins

Monday, 19 June 2017

Pearl’s new mimic Pro drum module has begun shipping, with units dispatched to retailers in North America.

A company statement says due to overwhelming interest, the first shipment of mimic Pro is completely sold out. It is understood that all preorders placed with dealers on or before June 1st should receive a unit from the first shipment.

The next...

Feel the beat – literally

Monday, 12 June 2017

While many modules have built-in metronomes, these aren’t always easy to use. Nor is a click track necessarily the best approach for all drummers.

Enter Soundbrenner, a wearable smart device that uses vibrations instead of the traditional clicks and sounds.

The device, a successful graduate of the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, made its debut at...

Roland rocks the boats

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Roland Corporation U.S. will be supporting Carnival Cruise Line’sonboard entertainment across its 25-ship fleet. 

Roland will provide Carnival’s bands and technical teams withmusical equipment, training and technical support.

Carnival takes its onboard entertainment seriously and recentlyopened Carnival Studios, a state-of-the-art rehearsal space...

Debuts down under

Friday, 9 June 2017

The debut Sydney Drum and Percussion Show, supported by digitalDrummer, was well-timed for product debuts, offering Roland its first opportunity to show off its four new e-drum products launched the day before.

Vdrums general manager of product design Hiroyuki Nishi and product designer Ryo Takasaki were on hand to see the launch of the new SPD::ONE line.

Alesis updates DM10 kit

Friday, 9 June 2017

Six years after its launch, Alesis has again updated its DM10 line, with a new DM10 MKII Pro Kit.

Alesis is dubbing the kit “a premium 10-piece electronic drum set with our exclusive Alesis dual-zone mesh drum heads”.

The kit features six drum pads (10/10/12/12” toms, 12” snare with stand, and 8" bass drum), four cymbals (12” hi-hat, two 14” crashes...

Akai adds MPC expansion pack

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Akai has released a new MPC Expansion pack from legendary producer Tim Kelley.

Tim Kelley Presents Vol. 1 contains over 1.9 GB of radio-ready drum hits, melodic riffs, chords, stems and clips.

The pack has 16 MPC drum/clip kits, nine MPC multi kits, 11 sequences, 1,103 samples and 1,103 melodic loops.

Tim Kelley is one half of the famous...

Roland adds percussion pads

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Roland has released a new product line for the hybrid market. The SPD::ONE series consists of four single-zone percussion pads that can be played with drumsticks, hands or feet.

The four models in the SPD::ONE series run on batteries or AC power.

The SPD::ONE ELECTRO is equipped with a variety of electronic percussion sounds, including snare and handclaps...

How I use e-drums

Monday, 29 May 2017

Tom Wheeler is a Bristol, UK-based drummer/producer currently working with Dr Meaker, Paragon and Laurent John. He explains how e-drums have helped unleash his creativity.

Since I started playing drums, I always had a passion for dance and electronic music. I would always listen to artists like The Prodigy, Daft Punk, Prince, Massive Attack, to name a few.

Alesis Strike starts shipping

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Alesis has started filling back-orders and placing kits in retail stores as it ramps up manufacture of its Strike Pro electronic drum kit, as Allan Leibowitz reports.

“We’ve been shipping in the States since March,” says Alesis drums head Tim Root. “And everything we have shipped has been sold, so dealers are reordering. We’ve got way more orders than (we can...

Not drumless, but still useful

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The quest for drumless tracks led digitalDrummer to a software solution with lots of promise.

SOMETIMES, YOU SET out to find something and you discover something entirely different. That’s what happened when I saw an online promo for ReFrame, a software application that can be used to isolate instruments in recorded music.

My first thought was this...

Use your USB

Friday, 12 May 2017

It wasn’t easy to get early modules to communicate with computers, but as Henry Yates explains, USB has changed all of that.

Let’s face it: your basement ain’t no Abbey Road. Chances are it’s a damp subterranean cave, bedecked with posters of John Bonham, beer bottles and broken sticks. But if you’re drumming on an electronic drum kit – complete with cutting-edge...

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